Sunday, October 30, 2011

Image: Upupa ab Aquila Honorata


M0467 - M0468 - M0469
468. Upupa ab Aquila Honorata. Invitatae fere omnes aves ad aquilae nuptias, indigne ferebant upupam ceteris praeferri, quia corona insignis esset et versicoloribus pennis ornata, cum semper inter stercora et sordes solita esse volutari. Haec fabula stultitiam eorum arguit qui in hominibus honorandis potius vestium nitorem praestantiamque formae quam virtutes moresque soleant attendere.



M0468 (not in Perry). Source: Abstemius 45. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; Perry omitted most of Abstemius’s fables. See #467 for a note about the paradoxical hoopoe.

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